1st Place : Dale Jones, East Kilbride Group Training Association Limited
2nd Place : Connor Prophet, Angus Training Group Limited
1st Place : Steven Reid, East Kilbride Group Training Association Limited
2nd Place : Emma McIntosh, Tullos Training Limited
The 2014 Scottish Engineering Apprentice Craft Competition was held at the EKGTA (East Kilbride Group Training Association) training centre on Thursday 26th June. The annual competition sponsored by the IMechE and Score Group plc brings together competitors from colleges and training centres throughout Scotland for a one-day competition to find the best engineering apprentices in the country. On the evening before the competition all of the competitors along with representatives from their training centres and colleges attended a pre-competition supper along with sponsors Score Group plc and the IMechE.
All of the entrants had been specially selected by their college or training centre to compete in the competition which tests knowledge and skills gained during their completion of a PEO level 2 qualification.
This year the twenty competitors came from thirteen different colleges and training centres with the competitors travelling from as far afield as DSRL Dounreay and Borders Engineering Training Association. To commence the event all of the competitors were warmly greeted by EKGTA, Score Group and the IMechE at a pre-competition supper on Wednesday 25th, before the competition started at 8am on Thursday morning.
During the competition the competitors complete two electronic tests and two practical tests from a choice of milling, turning, bench fitting, electrical and electronic tests. Depending on their choice of tests the competitors are competing for either the Mechanical or Electrical Engineering titles.
The work completed by the competitors will be marked by EKGTA and then verified by an IMechE representative before the winners of the two titles are announced. The long-running competition remains the toughest title for first year engineering apprentices in Scotland to win. The apprentices who are victorious will receive their awards at a ceremony to be hosted by Score Group plc later in the year.
Conrad Ritchie, on behalf of sponsors Score Group plc, said “We are delighted to continue our support of this competition which is one of very few events where apprentices’ skills and knowledge are tested in a competition format. Score Group has a proud history in the craft competition and we know it is also valued by other engineering employers, colleges and training centres around the country. We are very grateful to East Kilbride Group Training Association for hosting this year’s event.”
Derek Syme, Training Manager at EKGTA said “EKGTA was delighted to host the 2014 Scottish Engineering Craft Competition, for the first time, on the 26th June. It was very satisfying to see the competitors get stuck-in to the task and it was interesting to witness the different approaches taken. The competition day was very busy with 20 competitors and 15 chaperones, but I am sure that everyone involved had a worthwhile and hopefully a pleasurable experience at our centre”.
“We would also thank Score for hosting an excellent dinner on the Wednesday evening and for all their assistance in the lead up to the event. Finally we wish to once again congratulate all the competitors on being selected by their respective centres and wish them all the best in their future careers.”
The award ceremony for the IMechE Scottish Engineering Craft Competition 2014 was held at Score (Europe) Limited’s facility in Glenrothes.
An audience of over thirty training centre representatives, employers and family members gathered to witness presentations to those awarded the coveted first and second placed titles in both Mechanical and Electrical disciplines.
The competition, held annually, brings together the top engineering apprentices in Scotland. Each year, every Scottish EAL approved training centre is invited to enter a maximum of only two competitors.
During the opening presentation Leighton Willox, Managing Director of Score Training and Managing Director of Peterhead Engineers Development recognised that being entered into the competition is in itself a great achievement. He explained that the competition differs to others of its type in that the results are based entirely on the competitor’s work on the day, truly measuring technical skill and the ability to work under pressure. Addressing the winners he said “You are the elite”, before going on to introduce the awards.
Representing the IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers), Chairman of the Aberdeen & North Scotland Committee, Bruce Buchan delivered a short presentation, emphasising the merit of Modern Apprenticeships; obtaining further education qualifications whilst gaining practical work experience. Reflecting colourfully on his own time in training, he explained how Modern Apprenticeships are hugely valuable to both the success of the individual and the engineering industry alike.
The awards in each category (sponsored by the IMechE and Score Group plc.) were presented by Scott Will, Deputy Managing Director of Score (Europe) Limited. Results in the competition were as follows:
Amongst those receiving awards was the competition’s only female entrant in 2014, taking a very commendable second place in the Electrical Engineering category.
On the day of the competition in June, each participant completed two practical and two written assessments, competing in chosen specialist areas that included bench fitting, vertical milling, centre lathe turning, electronics and electrical wiring and testing. All practical test pieces were later assessed and verified by an external expert.
The standard of work shown by all twenty entrants was high as always and competitors, family members, training providers and employers should be proud of their achievements.
The ceremony closed with thanks to the IMechE for their continued sponsorship and looking forward to the next Scottish Engineering Craft Competition. Invitations for the 2015 event can be expected in early 2015.
The Scottish Engineering Craft Competition is sponsored and supported by:
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